POLICE WOMAN HELD IN 'BRIBES' PROBE; SWOOP OVER 'CASH FOR LEAKS' Yard Detective Quizzed in Corruption Investigation

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

A WOMAN detective at Scotland Yard was arrested today on suspicion of receiving illegal payments from journalists.

The 52-year-old officer was held by colleagues from her own force in a dawn swoop on her Essex home.

She is the first police officer to be arrested in the Operation Elveden inquiry into corruption within the force.

The inquiry, which is running alongside phone-hacking investigation Operation Weeting, is focusing on claims that journalists made illegal payments to serving police officers in exchange for information and stories. The woman is understood to

be a detective in the Met's specialist operations branch. She was being questioned today at a police station in Essex.

Most of the inquiry's arrests so far have been journalists. The action today marks a significant new phase. The Met refused to give details of the arrest other than to say a serving officer was held on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and offences contrary to the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.

It comes less than a week after detectives questioned former News of the World crime editor Lucy Panton over alleged payments to officers. …

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